Substance Lacking In Lobbying Executive Order

nonprofit | May 08, 2017

President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order (EO) was titled, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” but whether it does either remains to be seen. Observers said the EO doesn’t change existing regulations much, if at all, since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) so rarely enforces the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from directly endorsing political candidates and electioneering .

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Integrating a planned giving strategy into an overall fundraising plan can be one of the most impactful and beneficial actions taken to further an organization’s success. Planned giving is a broad term that typically refers to supporting nonprofits and charities with larger gifts than an individual could make from their annual income. These gifts are typically made as part of estate and tax planning; planned gifts can be made in the donor’s lifetime or upon death. While many fundraising efforts focus on shorter-term capital infusions through annual giving and campaign-specific donations, planned giving focuses on a 10- to 20-year capital outlook. Diversification in the fundraising plan, with multiple revenue sources, provides financial stability and supports long-term viability.


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Nonprofit Funding Platform Heroe5 Launches The Good Society, Embracing Web3 Approach to the Sustainable Financial Benefit for Charities

The Good Society | August 10, 2022

Nonprofit funding platform Heroe5™ announced today the creation of The Good Society™ to address the growing need for sustainable funding platforms for charitable organizations. The Good Society becomes the first project focused on Web3 solutions to raise awareness and support global causes working to positively impact our communities. “The Good Society is a vital next step in the evolution of the fundraising industry: a Web3 platform to create art impact experiences, As the world moves to Web3, charities need more fundraising tools to stay ahead of the curve and embrace new ways to engage potential donors. The Good Society will provide those innovations, allowing them to raise critical funding and awareness for vital causes while feeding the public’s growing interest in digital collectables.” -Sebastien Heimann, founding member and CEO of Heroe5 and The Good Society. With each drop 1800 digital collectibles designed by acclaimed artists will be released each month supporting a broad range of nonprofits working to improve the environment, wildlife, human rights, and our collective health and wellbeing. A percentage of these art impact experiences will grant token carriers access to unique events in perpetuity. Artist Nate Mohler created Out of Sight | Out of Mind” for The Good Society’s first program, which benefits Lonely Whale, No More Plastic, and Oceanic Global. The digital collectables, scaled to 3840 x 3840 pixels, 26 seconds in length and layered with white sound, emphasize the risk to fragile ocean ecosystems from the human-caused plastic pollution in urban environments and highlight how much there is left to learn. Three of the many cities featured in Out of Sight | Out of Mind include London, Los Angeles, and Paris. No matter where you live, the oceans provide the oxygen you breathe, nurture the food you eat, and regulate the temperature of the air. Without a healthy ocean we’d have a very different experience on land, said Mohler. This series is not of the oceans but of major cities, which emit 60% of all carbon emissions and make up less than 1% of the Earth’s surface. Similar to my ongoing series ‘Painted Cities’ there are three unique styles intended to bring a more ephemeral and dreamlike memory of the city. One of every 15 of the digital collectibles will also provide owners access to experiences that are provided by the benefiting organizations and artists for each drop. Some of the experiences tied to this premier release include: Two front row seats at Paris Fashion Week Two passes to Oceanic Global’s annual gathering for ocean conservation An annual artist critique call with Nate Mohler Invitations to Lonely Whale's annual leadership virtual town hall which discuss its programs and preview its impact report Digital collectors will easily be able to purchase the artwork with a credit card or Tez, cryptocurrency of the Tezos blockchain, when they are minted on August 12 at 2pm ET. Once sold out, more than $1M (US) in new funding will be available to the benefiting organizations and, as the digital collectables are resold, the organizations will receive residual payments from each transaction. “Lonely Whale’s goal is simple - to keep plastic out of the ocean. We want to thank each person who buys one of Nate Mohler’s striking NFTs through The Good Society, which will support the creative development and market adoption of alternatives to thin-film plastic and directly address the nearly 180 billion polybags used every year by the fashion industry.” - Harry Bernstein, Chief Creative Officer, Lonely Whale. Plastic pollution has become one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time. Microplastics are everywhere: in the deep ocean, in Antarctic ice, even falling rain over mountains and cities. Plastic pollution not only pollutes our planet; it pollutes our blood. We must act and the time is now. We are grateful to The Good Society for entrusting No More Plastic Foundation with this generous funding. With it, we will continue our work to end the cycle of plastics and microplastics flowing into our ocean.Rosalie Mann, Founder & President, No More Plastic. We live on a blue planet. The ocean covers 70% of the surface of the earth and produces every other breath we take. Our well-being is intrinsically tied to the ocean. Thanks to The Good Society and their innovative fundraising platform and model – and to artiste extraordinaire Nate Mohler – Oceanic Global will be able to keep empowering individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change for a thriving ocean, Lea d'Auriol, Founder & Executive Director, Oceanic Global About The Good Society: The Good Society harnesses the power of non fungible tokens to fund global initiatives. Designed by acclaimed digital artists, every month a new NFT will drop that raises awareness and secures funding for nonprofits working to improve the environment, human rights, and our collective health and wellbeing. Led by Sebastien Heimann, the Co-founder & CEO of fundraising platform Heroe5, The Good Society leverages the uniqueness of Web3 to deliver a powerful and recurring source of funding.

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The Giving Block Creates First-Ever Crypto Donations Fund for Miami Nonprofits

The Giving Block | May 25, 2022

The Giving Block, a Shift4 company, announced the launch of the "Miami Impact Index Fund", a first-of-its-kind fund that enables donors to give to numerous local nonprofit organizations with a single crypto donation. The Giving Block is a leader in crypto philanthropy, making cryptocurrency fundraising easy for nonprofits while empowering donors to give cryptocurrencies to their favorite causes. This is the first time that The Giving Block is working with a city to highlight local charities through the platform. Miami has been so welcoming to the crypto community and it is the perfect city to work with to create our first-ever local impact index fund. We are excited to work with Mayor Suarez to bring crypto philanthropy to Miami, through our Miami Impact Index Fund. All donations to the impact index fund will be matched through our 'Caring with Crypto Campaign." Alex Wilson, Co-Founder of The Giving Block "Caring with Crypto" is a historic crypto fundraising campaign designed to raise more than $20 million for nonprofit organizations on The Giving Block in partnership with parent company Shift4. Shift4 CEO Jared Isaacman will personally match the first $10 million in crypto donations through the initiative, with the company aiming to create the largest cryptocurrency fundraising campaign in history. To date, Caring with Crypto has raised more than $12 million for hundreds of charities. The Miami Impact Index Fund will allow donors to give to Miami area nonprofits on The Giving Block's platform with one donation. All donations to the fund will be split evenly to all participating causes. Participating causes include: Chapman Partnership, Jackson Health Foundation, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Nicklaus Children's Health System, NU Deco Ensemble Inc., Third Wave Volunteers Inc., and United Way Miami, among others. The Giving Block also brings crypto philanthropy to Miami through a partnership with The Miami Foundation for "Give Miami Day" on November 17th, allowing donors to give crypto for the first time since the event's inception in 2012. "Giving back to our community is the core reason behind the Miami Movement. Innovative companies, just like The Giving Block, are a clear sign that we are on the right track of building an economy—and a future—that delivers for everyone," said Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez. About The Giving Block Founded in 2018, The Giving Block, a Shift4 company, is turning Crypto Philanthropy into one of the greatest forces for good on the planet by making cryptocurrency fundraising easy for nonprofits while empowering donors to give Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to their favorite causes. The Giving Block currently enables more than 1,000 mission-driven organizations, charities, universities, and faith-based organizations of all sizes to accept cryptocurrency donations and helps them maximize their fundraising outcomes with strategic consulting and personal support.

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CyberGrants Kicks Off Social Impact Leadership Conference

CyberGrants | June 07, 2022

Today marks the beginning of the Social Impact Leadership Conference (SILC), hosted by CyberGrants, a Bonterra company. The event runs June 6-8 and is being held in Austin, Texas. For the first time since 2019, SILC returns in-person to bring together the corporate social responsibility (CSR) community, offering presentations from industry thought leaders, breakout sessions with professionals representing grant making, workplace giving, volunteerism, nonprofit engagement, and networking opportunities to reconnect with nonprofit and CSR leaders. SILC sessions and panels will be focusing on a variety of CSR topics, including nonprofit collaboration, employee and community engagement, grant management, disaster and crisis philanthropy, impact measurement perspective of corporations' nonprofits and investors, and data-driven corporate social responsibility. SILC will also feature a session with Bonterra's Chief People Officer, Terilyn Monroe, and CyberGrant's General Manager and Chief Product Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pete Karns, to offer perspectives on how CSR is an essential element of high-functioning HR outcomes by turning the great resignation into an opportunity to attract and retain talent. Additionally, Bonterra CEO, Erin Mulligan Nelson, will speak regarding the recent announcement that the technology and people behind CyberGrants, EveryAction™, Network for Good®, Social Solutions®, and their respective entities, have come together as Bonterra. Announced in March, Bonterra is creating an industry-defining software platform to power those who power social impact, enabling unprecedented connectivity between social good organizations and their community of supporters and constituents. I'm excited to be reconnecting personally with our industry for SILC 2022. Corporate philanthropy is more critical now than ever to help raise the bar for how social change happens, and the insights, conversation, and connections happening at SILC are an important part of that ongoing mission. Our conference has always been about community and a forum for inspiration and empowerment. We are proud to serve those in need by supporting the corporate giving community with the tools, support, and knowledge required to achieve their missions." Erin Mulligan Nelson, CEO of Bonterra About Bonterra Bonterra is the second-largest and fastest-growing social good software company in the world with solutions from CyberGrants, EveryAction, Network for Good, Social Solutions, and their respective entities making up its product family. Bonterra, which stems from the French word for "good" (bon) and the Latin word for "land" (terra) represents the exponential good that can be accomplished with the right foundation and supports the company's purpose to power those who power social impact. Bonterra's differentiated, end-to-end solutions collectively support a unique network of over 19,000 customers, including over 15,000 nonprofit organizations and over 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. About CyberGrants CyberGrants is a leading provider of software-as-a-service solutions for corporate social responsibility. Since its founding in 1999, CyberGrants has delivered fully-hosted web-based SaaS solutions to many of the largest companies and foundations in the world, including 40% of the Fortune 100. Through its integrated grants management and employee engagement suite, CyberGrants connects companies, foundations, employees, and not-for-profits to support the delivery of more than $2.5 billion of charitable giving annually.

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Leading Nonprofit Baby2Baby to Provide Much Needed Aid to Address the Baby Formula Shortage in the Pittsburgh Area

Baby2Baby | May 31, 2022

Baby2Baby, the national organization that has been at the forefront of providing relief to vulnerable families dealing with the U.S.’ baby formula shortage, announced it will distribute 12,000 cans of formula to the greater Pittsburgh region by the end of this week. Distribution to hospitals, diaper banks, childcare centers and family resource centers across the area began yesterday, and was made possible through a donation from local Pittsburgh resident Thomas Tull and his wife Alba through their philanthropic organization, the Tull Family Foundation. The formula shortage is still an absolute emergency for the families we serve. Our mission at Baby2Baby is to provide families with diapers, formula and other essentials that every child deserves, and that mission has become even more critical during this crisis. It has been horrible for every parent, but even more devastating for families living in poverty who don’t have the luxury of switching to a more expensive brand or access to multiple stores to find anything in stock. We are so grateful to Thomas and Alba Tull, and the Tull Family Foundation, for their extremely generous gift which is enabling us to provide hundreds of thousands of bottles of lifesaving formula to families in need across Pittsburgh." Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof,Baby2Baby Co-CEOs “Like many other essential items, the baby formula shortage in this country has become a major crisis since the onset of COVID. It is unimaginable what parents, especially those living below the poverty line, are having to deal with,” said Cathy Battle, Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank. “We are seeing this heart wrenching crisis unfold every day and are incredibly grateful for Baby2Baby’s work and support. This distribution will help provide relief to many babies and families in need in the greater Pittsburgh areas.” Baby2Baby distributes to foster care agencies, hospitals, clinics, homeless and domestic violence shelters and resource centers. Since the pandemic began, it has delivered more than 300,000 cans. At the start of 2022, even before the recalls, they had requests for over 8.8 million cans. The organization has been using all of the resources at its disposal to support families impacted by the current shortage – including working directly with their wholesale partners to have formula made for a fraction of the retail cost and distributing donations from formula companies that weren’t impacted by the recalls. They have already sent formula to Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and South Dakota, and have more on the way to communities in need across the country. About Baby2Baby Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization led by Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein that was named #1 nonprofit on Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies List for 2022, provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. In the last 11 years, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 240 million items – more than any organization of its kind – to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as to children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 150 million items to families in need, serving over one million children across the country impacted by the pandemic.

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Integrating a planned giving strategy into an overall fundraising plan can be one of the most impactful and beneficial actions taken to further an organization’s success. Planned giving is a broad term that typically refers to supporting nonprofits and charities with larger gifts than an individual could make from their annual income. These gifts are typically made as part of estate and tax planning; planned gifts can be made in the donor’s lifetime or upon death. While many fundraising efforts focus on shorter-term capital infusions through annual giving and campaign-specific donations, planned giving focuses on a 10- to 20-year capital outlook. Diversification in the fundraising plan, with multiple revenue sources, provides financial stability and supports long-term viability.

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